Book World for Readers


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Darlene’s Book World

Welcome, book dragons and book lovers!

This part of DarWrites is dedicated to the introverted book readers who as youngsters crawled under the covers and read by flashlight.

When I was young, I was that bookdragon. On more than one occasion, I waited in line for hours for book releases and stayed up all night reading just to finish them! 

We’ll be celebrating all things book-related including bookshelf tours, discussions, reviews, and more. I’ll also be covering how writers can learn from novels the way I did in the last few years — and it changed my writer life!

Come celebrate the written word with me.

Best reading,



Recommended Reading

How to Read Like a Book Dragon: a Reader’s Manifesto

How to Start a Writing Conversation: Advice from 3 Writers

Recommended Reading Part 1


My Writings

Bones and Stones: An Anthropologist remembers some of the darkest and lightest times of her life while dealing with PTSD.

Day of the Dead: A breakup story with a twist.

The Legacy: The makings of a superhero.

The Shovel: Mom vs. a serial killer.

If you liked these, please check out my Publications List!


Book Reviews, Annotations, and Literature

The Ashes of Britannia | Haley Elizabeth Garwood

At the Mountains of Madness | H. P. Lovecraft

The Casual Vacancy | J. K. Rowling

The Champion of Barésh | Susan Grant

Clockwork Angel | Cassandra Clare

Cloud Atlas | David Mitchell

Dune | Frank Herbert

The Falling Woman | Pat Murphy

Fledgling | Octavia Butler

Heart of a Lion | Stephen Zimmer

Ice Trilogy | Vladimir Sorokin

If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler | Italo Calvino

Labrinths | Jorge Luis Borges

The Left Hand of Darkness | Ursula K. Le Guin

Not Your Mother’s Food Storage | Kathy Bray and Jan Barker

The Odyssey | Homer

The Overcoat and Other Tales of Good and Evil | Nicolai V. Gogol

The Picture of Dorian Gray | Oscar Wilde

Ready Player One | Ernest Cline

Slaughterhouse-Five | Kurt Vonnegut

Sleepwalker | Brandy L. Rivers

Star Hero | Susan Grant

The Stones of Kaldaar | Tameri Etherton

Thunder Horizon | Stephen Zimmer

Valis | Philip K. Dick

When Ash Remains | Dena Garson

Wide Sargasso Sea | Jean Rhys

The Wild Swans at Coole | Yeats

The Woman Warrior | Maxine Hong Kingston

The Year the Horses Came | Mary Mackey

“Young Goodman Brown” and “The Minister’s Black Veil” | Nathaniel Hawthorne


Interviews & Visiting Writers

Larry Fowler — Do You Write for Readers?

Athena Grayson – Writing Business Mistakes, or Learn From My Fail

JC Hay — Piercing the Shadows of Cyberpunk

Therese Martin — A Relatively Painless Research Strategy

Stacey Oberle — Breaking the Rules

Alexandra Panic — Mamma Writes: On Writing and Teaching

Theresa Parker — A Blueprint to Becoming a Published Writer

Brandy L. Rivers — Interconnecting Stories

Veronica Scott — Three Things Times Three

Chris Weigand — Don’t Melt

Chris Weigand | Stacey Oberlee | Darlene Reilley — How to Start a Writing Conversation: Advice from 3 Writers

Tameri Etherton Interview



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And if you’re really into the reading and writing thing, check out my book, 1,001 Plots to Get You Started.



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